The Baldy Center Environmental Stewardship Working Group and the Canada-United States Legal Studies Centre present:

Scott Pasternack, Supervisor for Policy Development, Toronto Environment Office

“Who is Building the Better Green Energy Mousetrap? A Comparison of Canadian and US Approaches to Renewables, Energy Efficiency, and Smart Distribution”

October 29, 2010
12:00-12:30 Lunch
12:30-2:00 Presentation

509 O’Brian Hall

A great deal of green energy activity is happening on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border, whether it’s federal smart grid research and development, state or provincial renewable procurement, or local level energy efficiency programs.  Although the end goal seems to be the same — reduce our energy footprint to, in turn, reduce our carbon footprint — the laws, policies, and economics can differ greatly.  For example, which investment approach promises to deliver an increasing, reliable supply of renewable generation to replace fossil fuels — Ontario’s feed-in tariff or New York State’s renewable portfolio standard?  Which energy efficiency standards for existing buildings promises to reduce energy demand more significantly — the ones New York City is able to adopt locally for its own jurisdiction or the ones that Toronto hopes to help develop for Ontario to adopt across the province?  For an overview of the different ways that Canada, Ontario, and Toronto to the north, and the U.S., New York State, and New York City to the south, have been struggling to build their green energy mousetraps — and to offer your thoughts and suggestions on whether and how to build a cross-border green energy framework instead — join us for this lunchtime presentation led by Scott Pasternack.

As Supervisor for Policy Development in the Toronto Environment office, Scott Pasternack is responsible for advising Toronto on climate change, green energy, and environmental sustainability initiatives. He previously served as environmental counsel for the New York City Law Department where, among other duties, he advised Mayor Bloomberg’s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability on policy matters.

*Please note: The views expressed at this presentation will be those of the speaker only, and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the City of Toronto.*


This event is free and open to the public. RSVP is requested: or 645-2102
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